Isaac Wynne: An Internship Turns into a Career


Isaac Wynne
Wabash College Class Of 2019
Religion Major & Business Minor B.A.


My time with SafeHiring Solutions began in May of 2017 as a Business Development Intern. I had just finished my sophomore year at Wabash College, and this was my first internship experience. I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that I had a chance to work in Business Development for a Wabash College alum, Mike McCarty, whom I had only met in my interview a few months prior. I honestly didn’t really know what fell under the “business development” umbrella either, but I was ready to find out.

I had seen the portrayal of internships in many movies and TV shows, so I was prepared to be treated one of two ways: a coffee-getter or an actual employee. Fortunately for me, it was the latter. From day one, I was tasked with meaningful projects that not only taught me the SafeHiring Solutions business, but also taught me what it will take to work for SafeHiring Solutions. It is a fast-paced environment with an amazing staff whose commitment to the company and to security is unmatched. I feel very fortunate to have my first and only office experience with this group of people.

Everyone at the company was (and still is) extremely friendly. Everyone was always willing to answer my questions, even though I was only an intern and it may have been an inconvenience to them. My first summer included work ranging from company research to making sales calls. I never felt out of place, and I always felt like I was part of the team. The inclusion I felt since day one has been a major contributor to my success at SafeHiring Solutions. Following my first summer, SafeHiring Solutions offered me a position as a Business Development Associate, which allowed me to work for the company after the eight week internship.

While working for SafeHiring Solutions throughout my junior year, the summer of 2018, and my senior year as a Business Development Associate, I was granted many opportunities to gain experience in numerous aspects of the company. I worked on projects involving research, data organization, data entry, prospecting, sales, marketing, client retention, and client services. Through all of these experiences, I was able to figure out what I was most interested in and what my skill set could bring to the company. With the help of Mike McCarty (CEO) and Brigitt Klaum (VP of Customer Advocacy), I was able to mold myself to fit into the role I have today.

Upon graduation this past May, I assumed my new role as Business Development Specialist. Like I have the past few years, I currently work in a few different areas of the company, not specializing in one realm or another. My day-to-day activities can range from sales, to client services, to training new clients, to client retention. I enjoy being able to do different things and being able to work in different areas of the company. I’m thankful for my time with SafeHiring Solutions while being at Wabash College because it taught me to be adaptable and helped me learn all about each facet of the company. The experience and training I received during my internship helps me everyday.

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Without my internship experience, my skill set would be vastly different. I wouldn’t have the ability to be as adaptable as I am now simply because not many other companies would have been able to give me the experience and training that I was given in this internship. I am extremely grateful to Wabash College and SafeHiring Solutions for giving me this opportunity. Through my work here, I have learned countless skills, I have met some fantastic people, and I have been granted the chance to work for a company with a commitment to helping others day in and day out. I look forward to growing in the company and seeing where my experiences continue to take me.

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Mitchell A. Beard: A Summer to Remember

A Summer to Remember

When you approach many College Seniors and ask them what they did over the summer, you are sure to get a variety of different answers. “I went to the beach with my friends.” “Read a few great books.” “Went on a family vacation.” And while I could give all of those answers, what stands out for me is my 2019 summer internship working as a marketer and business analyst with Safe Hiring Solutions, made possible by Wabash College and the Mellon Grant.

The first few days of work were boring, to say the least. The Director of Marketing, Claudia Hurt, gave me my first few assignments, all in research. She told me “this is one of the most important jobs we do here. For us to fulfill our commitment to security, we must first understand the needs of our clients and who they are before we can do much of anything else.” At the time I was kind of disappointed, but then by the end of my internship, I realized how right she was.

After gaining a grasp of the importance of security, the current market we are in, and the needs of our customers, I started to do web development. This was a struggle for me at first since the last time I had done any website coding was in high school with outdated methods. However, I quickly picked it up and within a few weeks of my internship recreated all three of their company pages to a platform that was aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate, and functional on a mobile device. After completing this project, Mike McCarty, CEO & Founder & Wabash Alum, recognized my talent in creating marketing material and shifted me to my next project, managing social media.

My initial thoughts, this is going to be easy. I do my social media, how much different could it be? Within the first post or two, I realized something important. These posts are in some ways representing everyone in the company, but I’m the one speaking. Do I sound like them or me? After asking myself this question I moved to the next, who am I speaking to? Then I realized something. I already had the answer to both questions after doing all that research at the beginning of my internship, and after shaking my head for a few moments after realizing how right Claudia was, I continued my work. 

Finally, this summer I had the chance to collaborate with Eric Stauffer, VP of Technology & Wabash Alum. We worked on a variety of tech projects together such as moving older server files, updating a chat box, and working on developing new software.

As I reflect on my summer internship, I’m thankful for the opportunity. I have been able to grow both professionally and personally. I look forward to my senior year continuing my work with Safe Hiring Solutions as a Sr. Innovation Consultant with the Center for Innovation Business and Entrepreneurship.

Mitchell A. Beard’s LinkedIn

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Mitchell A. Beard

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Mitchell Beard: Wabash Intern Summer 2019

 

Mitchell A. Beard
Wabash College Class Of 2020
Religion & Philosophy B.A.


 

This summer Safe Hiring Solutions was given the opportunity to partner with Wabash College and their Summer Internship Program. We were fortunate to be paired with Mitchell Beard.

Mitchell came to the office prepared to take on any task or project asked of him. One of the first projects we assign an intern is a research project. These projects help us to expand our audience base when talking about safety and security. He proactively took charge of this project without complaint.

After completing his tasks and having discovered Mitchell’s computer expertise, we tasked him with revamping our company websites. This pushed him to expand his knowledge in coding and web design while working to capture the attention of potential clients searching our websites. Mitchell worked alongside our CEO & Founder Mike McCarty, and Director of Marketing Claudia Hurt. These are just two of the many projects that Mitchell accomplished this summer.

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Safe Hiring Solutions is now excited to announce that Mitchell will continue part-time throughout his senior year as a Senior Innovation Consultant from the Center for Innovation Business and Entrepreneurship at Wabash College. Mitchell is taking a leading role with regards to our social media marketing campaigns, and we are excited to see how he develops in this role throughout the coming year.

Mitchell A. Beard’s LinkedIn

Mitchell at the nation Technology Student Association conference in D.C.

Mitchell at the nation Technology Student Association conference in D.C.

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Claudia Hurt | Director of Marketing | Safe Hiring Solutions

WEAVER ’20 GROWS IN HIS ROLE WITH SAFE HIRING SOLUTIONS, LLC

Nicholas Weaver ’20 Business Development Intern Safe Hiring Solutions – In the past six weeks, I have become a more well-rounded individual professionally thanks to my 8-week internship at Safe Hiring Solutions funded by the CIBE at Wabash College. Entering the summer, my only prior work experience was a part-time job delivering pizzas in Brownsburg, Indiana. While working at Safe Hiring, I learned many valuable skills in the workplace. I had to communicate with other co-workers effectively to ensure my projects were able to be completed correctly, I took feedback as a way to grow instead of an opportunity to become bitter, and I established post-college career goals which motivated me to give it my all no matter the task at hand. 

Throughout my internship, I have been placed on the business development team, a group whose primary goal was to grow the companies list of clients. Since Safe Hiring focuses on background checks and safe visitor management systems schools, churches, and volunteer organization made up a majority of the company’s clients. Most of my projects consisted of finding contact information from prospects and putting all of the data into a spreadsheet to run an automated marketing email campaign highlighting products Safe Hiring Solutions offered and educated potential clients on the benefits of working with the organization. One of my most substantial tasks consisted of searching for contact information for all public schools in the United States. While the project was a process, the result provided many leads for Safe Hiring.

Once again, thank you CIBE for providing me this excellent opportunity to intern at Safe Hiring Solutions. Just by being put into a working environment and given tasks to complete, I learned a wide range of skills that will make me a better employee for other companies in the future. I was never the perfect intern. I made mistakes along the way, and those errors allowed me to grow into a more respectful, understanding, goal driven, and hardworking young man. The most valuable lesson I learned from this experience is to step back and take a breath if you make a mistake, and then ask for feedback so you will not make the same error. I believe Lauren Thomas, the VP of Safe Hiring Solutions said it best, “no one is expecting you to be perfect, but employers do expect you to learn from your mistakes.” Thanks to the opportunity the CIBE offered me Lauren’s advice was one of many lessons that will help myself become successful professionally in the future.

Nicholas Weaver’s LinkedIn

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Nicholas Weaver

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THOMAS ’19 CULTIVATES DRIVE TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL AFTER INTERNING AT SAFEHIRING SOLUTIONS

David Thomas ’19 Safe Hiring Solutions – Interning at Safe Hiring Solutions was truly a great experience. I couldn’t have thought of a better introduction to working in a professional setting; this experience has proven invaluable to my professional development by providing a greater understanding of the office workspace. Upon completion of this internship, I now have sufficient confidence in my ability to work as an effective employee in a team of coworkers.  An experience such as this would not have been possible without the generosity of the Lilly Endowment. I would like to begin this piece with a message of gratitude to the benefactors of the Lilly Endowment:

Thank you for your support of all the internships that received funding through the endowment. It is an honorable service to provide developmental opportunities for students, which in turn will contribute to greater public advancement. Thank you for making my internship experience with Safe Hiring Solutions possible.

To those who aren’t familiar with the company, Safe Hiring Solutions primarily specializes in background screening. It is a small yet reliable firm that has a client base spanning across America and around certain parts of the world (mostly in Europe). Most of their revenue is generated through background screening; other auxiliary revenues are generated by the sale of other security-related products, such as a visitor management system (SafeVisitor) and an automated reference checking service (Reflynk). Their success has earned them the INC. 500 award for being one of the fastest growing firms in America. Overall, Safe Hiring Solutions has the vision to provide the most comprehensive and reliable security solutions on the market. This demonstrated prowess is what attracted me to apply for an internship with them.

My summer tenure with Safe Hiring Solutions consisted of creating advertisement materials, aiding business development, and providing sales assistance.  By the numbers, I created 8 informational flyers, 26 seasonal/informational postcards, and a 62-page manual for their visitor management system, SafeVisitor.  Because Safe Hiring Solutions is relatively comparable to a startup company, the most exciting part is that all the work I was able to contribute is actually usable (as opposed to monotonous labor for a well-established corporation).  I worked with my fellow interns with their sales projects, supplying sales material for their customer outreach.  Finally, I participated in business meetings, a company volunteering event, and numerous side projects supplied by our director.  Needless to say, it has been a very busy 8 weeks!

The greatest takeaway from this internship is how it centered my focus for particular skills that I need to develop, especially with regard to my further education.  Interning with a background screening company gave me a unique insight into how people are processed in the justice system.  This internship has greatly fueled my drive to go to law school to study intellectual property and privacy law.  Furthermore, the demand for technical skills such as web development, software programming, and digital design was an ever present theme throughout this internship.  I plan to pursue basic training in programming and learn how to use Adobe Creative Suite software in the coming years.  Overall, this internship was an extremely valuable learning curve.

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David Thomas

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